When did Gifting Become Over the Top?

I have found myself, on a number of occasions that involve the standard gift giving ritual feeling rather uncomfortable about the gift I’ve given. There are various events that I believe require a modest, yet thoughtful gift. Now, I’m not talking about a wedding (though I do find the new fad of asking for money…

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A Dress up Party

Let’s take a break from COVID-19 for a moment and escape back to one of my previous experiences before the world went topsy turvey… I almost caved….nearly did I start looking at having to buy something to wear to a dress up party (again). My automatic thought when I received the invitation was- I don’t…

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A Need to Spend

Unless you’ve been livng under a rock, you will be completely aware that the world is topsy turvey due to Wuhan Virus, Coronavirus or COVID-19 (whatever your preferred nae may be). This has resulted in an unprecedented halt to daily life as we know it which has put many people’s employment and businesses in jeapoardy…

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Peanut Butter Economy

I recently made a batch of cookies that called for one cup of peanut butter in the ingredients list. Now, many frugal blogs always preach about buying store brands or home brands and saving a few dollars and cents on every item here and there (thereby translating into significant savings over long periods of time).…

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COVID-19 Panic Buying

I’m not sure what the current situation is in other countries, but here in Australia there is currently a wave of Pandemic Panic Buying in the wake of COVID-19 or more commonly known as Coronavirus. Supermarket shelves are being pillaged of essential items such as toilet paper, tissues, paper towel, rice, pasta and eggs (goodness…

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My Reusable Bubble Tea Cup: Bumbler Cup

In previous posts, I have mentioned my love for bubble tea. Aside from the expense, the one thing I resent about my tea drinking habit is the environmental impact it has. Bubble tea comes in single use plastic cups with a single use plastic lid and a single use plastic straw (yes I know, I…

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Post-Christmas Packaging Blues

I find one of the times that really gets me thinking about my environmental impact is after Christmas. When everything has been unwrapped and unboxed, that’s when all I begin to see is wasted and unnecessary packaging. It makes me feel guilty and it’s one of the things that definitely has an impact on my…

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Shopback

Yesterday, I had my first experience with an app/website called Shopback. Yes, that’s right I bought something, but I’ll get to that in a minute. Shopback for those of you not in the know is an Australian platform where you login and are redirected to the sites you wish to make purchases from (eg supermarkets,…

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Black Friday

I feel like it’s only fitting with Black Friday having just been and gone that I acknowledge this in some way with a post. I suppose to some extent it’s almost a given as a minimalist/frugal living blogger that I share my thoughts (like so many other bloggers) on Black Friday and my experiences. First…

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If You Haven’t Started Your Christmas Shopping Yet…

…Start now… For many people, saying the word Christmas at this time of year is like saying a dirty word, however I find that starting my Christmas shopping as early as possible helps me with at least one thing closer to Christmas- my stress levels. And yes, I actually started my Christmas shopping back in…

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